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Back to back win for Fremantle Prison at Tourism Awards

Nov 15, 2016

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Fremantle Prison will compete against Australia’s top tourism sites for a coveted national award, following its win at the 2016 Perth Airport Western Australian Tourism Awards.

For the second year in a row, the Prison took home a gold medal in the Cultural Tourism category.

Fremantle Prison is now a finalist in the Cultural Tourism category of the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards to be announced in Darwin on Friday, 24th February 2017.

State Heritage Office Executive Director Graeme Gammie said the gold award was a tribute to the hard work and dedication of all involved with the Prison.

“Winning a gold medal for the second consecutive year is a great result and a testament to the quality of tourism experiences being provided by the Prison,” Mr Gammie said.

“This result tops off a great year which saw Fremantle Prison record its busiest financial year on record, welcoming 200,387 visitors through its gates on tours or for special events.”

Fremantle Prison was also a finalist in the Major Tourist Attraction category, and Tour Guide Janine Della Bosca was also one of seven finalists competing for the coveted FACET Golden Guide Award for her work in the development of the Fremantle Prison Art Tour.

The Prison was previously inducted into the Western Australian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame in 2010 after winning the Major Tourist Attraction category in 2006, 2008 and 2009.

Fremantle Prison was opened to the public in 1992 and last week commemorated 25 years since the Prison’s decommissioning as a maximum security gaol.

The Prison became a division of the Department of the State Heritage Office on 1 July 2015.

Visit the Fremantle Prison website for information on tours and upcoming events.
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